Dream’s competition

Forst Ranger Adam Evans with one of the new cast steel sculpture which have been placed around the Old Sutton Manor colliery heritage trail
Forst Ranger Adam Evans with one of the new cast steel sculpture which have been placed around the Old Sutton Manor colliery heritage trail
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IT seems everyone in St Helens has an opinion about the giant Dream sculpture at Sutton Manor - but now it has some competition.

Five cast-steel monoliths are currently being carefully installed by the Forestry Commission on the heritage trail which winds its way around the famously eye-catching 20m statue.

Known as the Green Flames, the six-foot tall sculptures, designed by children from Sutton Manor Primary School, are aimed at celebrating the ex colliery site’s proud history.

Each one recalls Sutton Manor’s mining past and includes verses penned by local youngsters.

One of the verses reads: “There is a wisdom in our bones, In our aching backs and blistered feet. We blink the dust from our eyes, every time we awake and because we remember we remain.”

The project, the brainchild of the Shining Lights heritage group, was brought to life by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Forestry Commission rangers will be installing the sculptures throughout January.

Forest ranger Adam Evans, who was inundated with e-mails about roe deer sightings following a Reporter article last month, said: “These sculptures are a fitting tribute to the mining history of Sutton Manor, which has helped form the beautiful landscape that is there today.

“Each one is taller than me and they are part of a real community effort that has made the heritage trail such a great attraction.

“We’re trying to strike a balance at Sutton Manor between encouraging wildlife while still maintaining the site’s links with the past.”

Further work is also planned for the ponds in the area.

The Forestry Commission, which has been managing the site for the last 10 years, hopes to improve the local habitats to create better environments for endangered animals such as water voles.